“Keep ’em movin’” is the key to senior dogs’ comfort, says Genia Smith, a certified canine rehabilitation practitioner who treats dogs at Michigan State University’s Advanced Rehabilitation Center. “Dogs in motion stay in motion,” she says. This leads to better overall health and physical comfort.
As dogs age, conditions such as arthritis tend to make them less active. It’s a never-ending cycle, Smith cautions. Arthritis makes a dog feel less like moving, which leads to reduced activity, resulting in weight gain, decreased muscle mass, and a further decrease in mobility.
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